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Gordon Edward Drane
10/16/1959 — 10/28/2022
From Richland, WA | Born in Tacoma, WAWatch Service
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Gordon Edward Drane
Gordan Edward Drane, lovingly known as “Gordie”, was born to his parents, Gordan and Della Drane on October 16th, 1959, in Tacoma, WA. When Gordie was young, his parents divorced, and in 1972, his father married Elizabeth (Betty), who raised he and his sister, Mona, and loved them as her own children. With Betty came a large extended family, five brothers, and one more sister!
Gordie loved to travel and has been all over the world! He especially loved to do this with his family and friends, to include several mission trips to India with his church, where he helped to finance the building of hospitals and schools. Gordie also loved going to see his favorite singer, Miss Patti Labelle, and even got to go on stage with her. as she sang to him Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
He was one of the most generous people you would have ever known! He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He loved treating everyone to meals, taking them on trips, and providing for family and friends in need. He definitely had the biggest heart for giving! He was a Christian that loved the Lord!
After 45 years in the mortgage industry, Gordie retired on April 5th of this year. He was well-liked and respected by his co-workers and the people he helped go through the home buying process. After retiring, he took some time to go on a few trips and see some friends and family, and just enjoy life!
Gordie is preceded in death by his father, Gordan, his mother, Della, and his sister, Mona. He is survived by his mom, Betty, and recently celebrated her 94th birthday, his nieces, Elizabeth (Cory) and Christine, and his nephew, Rodney (Veronica), of which he was very involved in their lives, and his siblings, Jim (Yoko), Greg (Patti), Jeff (Lucy), Gary (Julie), John (Tari), and Debby. He will also be missed by his honorary sister, Pat Fernandez, and his goddaughter, Hannah, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and nieces, and even a few great-great ones! He is also remembered by several friends.
Gordie took his last breath on October 28th, 2022, surrounded by family and friends in Richland, WA. To quote his dear friend Pat in her remembrance of him, “He loved life, his family, and friends, as we loved him in return”.
I would like to share a memory of goodie. One time he told me he had made a sweet potato pie for me, haha he got it from the southern kitchen on 6th avenue
I met Gordon years ago he was a great friend and always doing for others. I will never forget the friendship we shared.You won’t be forgotten RIP my friend
I am so blessed to have been able to call Gordie uncle he played a huge part in my life and was always there me and the whole family. He was a unique man and the world won’t be the same without him here with us. Heaven gained a good man for sure continue to watch over us I love you and miss you more then words will ever be able to describe!
Although you’ve known them far longer, I think we share the same love and kinship with the Jones family. I got to see your services today through technology and never realized who you were. No one can take away your deeds and I thank you for getting us a mortgage, the benefits are immeasurable. I think you inspired home ownership in other family members. Thank you for sharing your spirit, West in Peace (as in the sun sets in the west but we know it’s always there). Keep an eye on us, you’ve only made us better
Meeting Gordon back in 1998 changed my life for the better. He was instrumental in introducing me to a path that brought me back to life. He was a major part of my professional and personal life for the next 12 years. Even inviting me along with him for a week Jamaica as a work reward, where I learned he liked to shy away from the “tourist” areas and get to know the “real” people/culture when he was vacationing out of the USA.
We remained in touch since parting ways professionally in 2010, meeting occasionally for coffee or lunch and to catch up.
I’m sad that you are gone from this realm. glad that your physical pains/struggles are over, happy knowing that you have a better place to be, and forever Grateful my H.P introduced us.
Love you Gordon,
I went to Frisko Freeze on Thursday and was thinking of you.